Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Wintry Soup - Creamy Tomato

As winter approaching fast, it daunt on me the other day that it is soup time!  There are so many variety of soups, my favourite has to be the more creamy soup like chowders or creamy chicken corn soup.  Although with noodles a clear hearty beef/pork soup goes very well with a dash of seasame oil and touch of coriander.  These days with the advancement of technology, soup comes in ready to eat cans or instant powder to fit into the busy working lifestyles of the people in this modern era.  However, I never found them to be the same as the one you make at home.  Nevertheless, this recipe calls for canned tomato soup and chunky tomatoes.  Even though the canned soup isn't the same as the one you make, with this version, you can turn the canned soup into something deliciously divine!  It is fast and easy to make, perfect if you have a busy lifestyle like myself.  I usually serve this dish with some toasted bread, or with something more flavourful like garlic croutons/bread. 

Here I will show you the ratio of cream and coriander that is to my taste, if you prefer something creamier, then add more cream.  If you like Asian flavour like myself, then add a lot of coriander!  It is a very flexible recipe.  Enjoy :D

Creamy Tomato Soup

1 can condensed tomato soup (~420g)
1 can diced tomatoes (~420g)
2 bunches of coriander
1 cup cream
1.       Place the condensed tomato soup in a medium pot, warm with low heat until just boiled.  Stir regularly.
2.       Meanwhile, finely dice the coriander stem and roughly chop the coriander leafs, but leaves a handful of leafs aside un-chopped for decoration later.
3.       Drain the diced tomatoes and add to the tomato soup, bring to boil.  Add the cream and coriander, stir regularly.  Add salt to taste (depending how the canned soup/tomatoes are salted).
4.       Divide soup among bowls.  Garnish with coriander leaves and top with garlic croutons, if desired.

Hint: be careful not to warm the soup up too quickly and burn the bottom.  This recipe calls for a lot of coriander because I just heart this delicious herb.  However, it may be too strong for many people, so just add a handful in at a time, taste it as you incorporate the coriander into the soup until it is to your liking.  Same apply to the salt since every canned soup and tomato is different.

Near finished product, incorporating the chopped coriander into the soup - delicious!

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